Finger in dyke to prevent flooding?

Heavy rainfall in Christchurch has resulted in severe flooding particularly in the worst earthquake-damaged areas, such as the Flockton Basin which sank by up to half a metre.

The latest idea being proposed and tested by the Christchurch City Council is to apply a waterproof membrane around the outside of homes to prevent the water from entering.  At $15,000 to $20,000 per house, the Council hopes that insurers will see this is a realistic option. 

There are some obvious questions – Isn’t this a short term expensive fix?  Why not prevent the flooding in the first place?  Let us know what you think.

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